Borough of Wokingham

The Borough of Wokingham is a local government district in Berkshire, United Kingdom. It is named after its main town, Wokingham. Other places in the district include Arborfield, Barkham, Charvil, Earley, Finchampstead, Hurst, Sonning, Remenham, Ruscombe, Shinfield, Twyford, Wargrave, Three Mile Cross, Winnersh, Spencers Wood and Woodley.

Borough of Wokingham
Shown within Berkshire
Shown within Berkshire
Coordinates: 51°24′37″N 0°50′36″W / 51.4102°N 0.8432°WCoordinates: 51°24′37″N 0°50′36″W / 51.4102°N 0.8432°W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Ceremonial countyBerkshire
StatusUnitary authority
Incorporated1 April 1974
Admin HQWokingham
Government
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyWokingham Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsJohn Redwood (C)
Theresa May (C)
Matt Rodda (L)
Phillip Lee (C)
Area
 • Total69.10 sq mi (178.98 km2)
Area rank168th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total167,979
 • Rank117th (of 317)
 • Density2,400/sq mi (940/km2)
 • Ethnicity
88.4% White (83.6% White British)
7.5% Asian
2.1% Black British
2% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code00MF (ONS) E06000041 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU805685
Websitewww.wokingham.gov.uk

History

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 as Wokingham District, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the borough of Wokingham and Wokingham Rural District. It is governed by Wokingham Borough Council (formerly Wokingham District Council), which has been a unitary authority since 1 April 1998, following the abolition of Berkshire County Council under the Banham Review. The district was granted borough status in 2007, following a petition to the Queen.[1]

Government

The local authority is Wokingham Borough Council. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

Education

State-funded schools in the Borough of Wokingham include nine secondary schools, two special schools and numerous primary schools. There are also a number of independent schools.

Bracknell and Wokingham College is the main further and adult education provider for the borough, just outside the borough its headquarters is in Bracknell. The Borough's closest higher education provider is the main Whiteknights Park campus of the University of Reading immediately north-west.

Geography

Elevations range between 30 and 70 metres above sea level except higher in about 5% of the borough. The highest is an escarpment containing parts of the rural and wooded northern area, the hinterland of three Thames-side villages, facing the 30-mile long Chilterns AONB, west and north.[2] A geological part of that range of hills, Bowsey Hill reaches 137m, in Wargrave civil parish, 1 mile (1.6 km) from the river.[3]

Approximately a right-angled triangle, the borough is long north to south. It uses as its longest edge the course of the Loddon and Thames along its north-west, with a similarly salient-containing eastern boundary and an almost straight southern boundary. Clockwise the boundaries are approximately 10, 8 and 5 miles on a direct path from point to point. The southern boundary is approximately the Roman road from London to Bath through a highly coniferous Swinley Forest which sits in geology on the naturally acidic, Bagshot Formation.

The town in the district is Wokingham. The villages are Arborfield, Barkham, Charvil, Earley, Finchampstead, Hurst, Sonning, Remenham, Ruscombe, Shinfield, Twyford, Wargrave, Three Mile Cross, Winnersh, Spencers Wood and Woodley. Two villages have a wide range of small retail and visitor facilities: Wargrave and Twyford. In major employment areas of trading and manufacturing Winnersh and Finchampstead are prominent.

Home ownership

The borough has the highest proportion of home ownership of the six local authorities in Berkshire: combining the social (housing association and local authority provided) and private (private landlord) rented sectors, Slough's returns recorded in 2011 that its rented sector comprised 46% of its housing, whereas 18% of Wokingham's residents rented their homes.

Excluding lower-tier districts, Central Government has classified Wokingham as the least needy Local Authority. Government funding is about £120 per head per year. This is the lowest among the combined category of county councils and unitary authorities, the basis on which it is overall assessed, and compares with over £1000 per head in others such as the London Borough of Hackney.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Annual Monitoring Report December 2007", P.4 bottom, Wokingham Borough Council
  2. ^ "The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - explore - enjoy. Retrieved 2015-01-28". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ Geograph.org.uk map retrieved 2015-01-28
  4. ^ More or Less, Radio 4 programme. Date needed.
  5. ^ "Office for National Statistics". Archived from the original on 11 February 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
Barkham

Barkham is a village and civil parish in the borough of Wokingham in Berkshire, England, located around 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of the town of Wokingham.

Bracknell and Wokingham College

Bracknell & Wokingham College is a general college of further education, offering courses for school leavers, adults and employers training their staff, and based in Bracknell, Berkshire, England. The college became Bracknell & Wokingham College in 1996.

Hurst, Berkshire

Hurst is a village in the civil parish of St Nicholas Hurst in the English county of Berkshire.

List of schools in Wokingham

This is a list of schools in the Borough of Wokingham in the English county of Berkshire.

Luckley House School

Luckley House School (formerly Luckley-Oakfield School) is an independent day and boarding school, located in Berkshire in England. It has a community of about 250 pupils, with about 200 in the first five-year groups, and 50 in the Sixth Form. The school is set in a rural location, south of the historic market town of Wokingham. The school has historically been an all girls' school, but became coeducational from September 2015.

Maiden Erlegh School

Maiden Erlegh School is a large community Academy for boys and girls (aged 11–18) with arts (including performing arts) and business and enterprise specialisms. The school was awarded the Artsmark Gold mark in 2002 and 2005. It currently has 1,800 pupils, 360 of whom are in the sixth form.

The school is located in Earley, Reading, Berkshire.At the school's last Ofsted inspection it was graded 'Good'.

Maiden Erlegh School is one of the highest ranked mixed comprehensive schools in the country.

In April 2010 Maiden Erlegh celebrated 25 years of German Exchanges with Gymnasium Schloss Overhagen.Maiden Erlegh collaborates with local artists and has a gallery with regular exhibitions.

Ruscombe

Ruscombe is a village and civil parish, east of Twyford in the Borough of Wokingham in Berkshire, England.

Ryeish Green School

Ryeish Green School was a comprehensive secondary school located in the hamlet of Ryeish Green, near Spencers Wood in Reading, Berkshire. The school closed in 2010, and a new school—Oakbank—opened on the site in 2012.

Sindlesham

Sindlesham is an estate village in the borough of Wokingham in Berkshire, England.

It is located around 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Reading and around 6 miles (9.3 km) west of the town of Bracknell, and just south of the village of Winnersh, from which it is separated by the M4 motorway. The River Loddon flows just to the west.

A chapel is believed to have been built as early as 1220. A large 19th-century, three-storey watermill on the Loddon has more recently become a hotel. Nearby is the estate of Bearwood House, built in 1864 by John Walter, the then proprietor of The Times newspaper, now Reddam House, a private secondary school.

Also in the village are Bearwood Primary School, St Catherine Bearwood Church, the offices of Winnersh Parish Council, the UK control centre for the National Grid and the Berkshire Masonic Centre at Sindlesham Court.

Facilities in the village include a golf course (Bearwood Lakes) and the Nirvana Spa Health Club.

Swallowfield

Swallowfield is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England, about 5 miles (8 km) south of Reading, and 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the county boundary with Hampshire.

The Bulmershe School

Bulmershe School is a coeducational comprehensive school located in Woodley, Reading.

There were 1,335 students on roll at the time of the 2004 OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) inspection. The majority of the students come from Woodley and East Reading. OFSTED reported that one-third of the student body were from ethnic minority backgrounds, with the largest group being of Pakistani origin. One in six students speaks English as an additional language, which is well above the national average. Bulmershe houses a local education authority learning resource unit for students with learning difficulties. The school has an above-average proportion of students with special educational needs (SEN), comprising a quarter of the student population. OFSTED found that "the most common needs are emotional and behavioural difficulties, though a significant number of students have learning difficulties or autism".

In 2012, The Bulmershe School's exam results improved and were better than many other schools in the borough, including The Piggott School and Waingels College.

The Bulmershe School is rated as a good school by the Office for Standards in Education OFSTED, following an inspection in November 2017. The report can be found here: *2017 OFSTED report

Building work commenced in 2014 on the construction of a new school hall. In 2015, six classrooms with computer workstations and a new entertainment block were added. The entertainment block includes a new 400-seat auditorium (equipped with state-of-the-art professional audio-visual equipment), a sixth-form centre, meeting rooms, a reception area, and administrative offices.The head teacher is Amanda Woodfin, who became Acting Headteacher on September 1 and joined the school in January 2013.

The Emmbrook School

The Emmbrook School is a co-educational comprehensive school located in Emmbrook, Wokingham, Berkshire, England, for students between 11 and 18 years of age. There are around 1,378 students at the school, with nearly 200 in the Sixth Form.

Between the 14 and 16 March 2017, the school was inspected by Ofsted, who rated it as "Good".The school opened a new £2 million English block in 2015 and a new Maths building was opened in 2017.The management team consist of the Headteacher (Paul O'Neill), Senior Deputy Headteacher (Russell Bond) and Deputy Headteacher (Nick McSweeney).

The Forest School, Winnersh

The Forest School is an all-boys secondary school and mixed sixth form with academy status, located in Winnersh, Berkshire, England. It is located on Robin Hood Lane, the B3030 road, next to Winnersh railway station. Since September 2012, the Forest has educated academy players from local Football League Championship football club Reading FC.

The Holt School

The Holt School is a secondary school located in Wokingham, England, on Holt Lane. It is a girls' school and currently holds over 1200 girls ranging from age 11-18. Boys are admitted to the Sixth Form.

There are eight houses: Broderers, Clothworkers, Goldsmiths, Haberdashers, Lacemakers, Spinners, Tanners and Weavers. The current co-headteachers are Mrs K Pearce and Ms A Kennedy.

The school was founded in the 1930s. It is a specialized language and science college and is in the top 200 highest achieving schools in GCSE, AS and A level exam results.

Waingels College

Waingels College (previously Waingels Copse School) is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school located in Woodley, Reading, Berkshire, England. It has a population of 1,500 students but may rise due to overcrowding in the area and an appeals process which now has to take place. Over 400 people apply for entry annually, though there are only 270 places available (a rise from 240 in previous years). The school previously held specialist status as a Mathematics and Computing College, and converted to academy status in July 2015.

Wescott School

Wescott School is a co-educational local authority infant school in Wokingham, Berkshire, England. The school caters for children from ages four to seven (Reception to Year 2). Children join the school as "Rising Fives" and there is a three-term intake with a maximum of around 150 children on roll each year. Wescott holds the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award from the Arts Council, and in 2003 it was awarded a DFES School Achievement Award. The school has also been awarded Healthy Schools status.

Whistley Green

Whistley Green is a village in Berkshire, England, and part of the civil parish of St Nicholas Hurst.

The settlement lies near to the A321 road, and is located approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Reading.

Wokingham

Wokingham is a historic market town in Berkshire, England, 39 miles (63 km) west of London, 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Reading, 8 miles (13 km) north of Camberley and 4 miles (6 km) west of Bracknell.

Wokingham was a borough before the 1974 reorganisation of local government, when it merged with Wokingham Rural District to form the new Wokingham District. Borough status was granted in 2007.

Wokingham Borough Council

Wokingham Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Wokingham in Berkshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

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